The holidays are over and the short, cold, dark days of winter are here. Even though we haven’t had much snow yet this year, it’s still prime time for the winter blues to set in.
If you’re one of the more than 3 million Americans with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), however, it might be more than just the blues. SAD is a form of depression that strikes exclusively during the winter months. People with SAD experience the same symptoms as those with Major Depression, but only for part of the year. Symptoms may include low energy, feeling hopeless, trouble sleeping and appetite changes.
There are several treatment options for SAD, including taking medication or seeking psychotherapy during the winter months. There are also several effective natural alternatives that may help people who suffer from SAD, including exposure to infrared heat.
Infrared heat is radiant heat, which means it heats objects and bodies, not the air. Infrared heat is the same type of heat you feel when the sun is shining on your face or you’re warming yourself in front of a fire.
Spending an hour in infrared heat room has many benefits, including increased circulation, pain relief, and improved immunity. Additionally, it may help cure SAD without medication.
At the Balance Loft, we offer a variety of classes in our cozy, calming infrared studio. By taking a barre, pilates or yoga class in infrared heat, you’re adding in innumerable benefits of exercise to the benefits of infrared. We keep the temperature at a toasty 75-80 degrees for most classes all winter, which is warm enough to receive the benefits of infrared, but not uncomfortably hot for those who are not used to taking heated exercise classes. Even if you don’t have SAD, come warm up and reap the benefits of exercise plus infrared.